When Paul reminded Timothy to stir up the gift of God that was in him, he was giving Timothy the key to dealing with the spirit of fear that was keeping him from going forth in his calling. Fear was hindering the spirit of God from manifesting in all power. We must also stir up the gift of God, the Spirit of Christ, who is in us in order to be fearless and walk in the Spirit.
One of the many ways to stir up the gift is with our mouth. To stir up means to kindle up, inflame one’s mind, strength and zeal. We need to stay fired up for the Kingdom! The tongue is a little member that can spread a big fire quickly of blessing or cursing, of life or death. We shouldn’t bless God and curse men with the same mouth. As we surrender and submit our mouth to the Lord, we are able to tame our tongue so that it’s not full of poison. Our tongue can bring either direction or destruction.
Diligently stirring up the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have been granted by His grace–keeps the fire of God burning in our hearts. We bless our God and others with the words of our mouth; praise His holy name and confess Jesus is Lord! As we pray in the spirit, worship and witness, we stir up the gift of God that is in us, from glory to glory!
James 3:5-10 “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”